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yash_s02
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Sensorfire
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Do vaccines cause autism?

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Started: 3/10/2017 Category: Health
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Debating Period
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yash_s02

Pro

Vaccines do cause autism for a variety of reasons. First of all the government has a big vaccine compensation program which has paid out 3 billion dollars since its inception. The government also does acknowledge vaccine injury. In addition Dr. Andrew Wakefield had proven in his research that vaccines do cause autism. The government shut him up, revoked his medical license and called him a fraud even though he was the one exposing the pharmaceutical industry's fraud. Vaccines cause autism so please vote affirmative
Sensorfire

Con

I'd like to thank my opponent for inviting me to this debate. Throughout this debate, I will attempt to prove the following:
1) Vaccines, without a shadow of a doubt, do not cause autism.
2) The anti-vaccination movement is actively harming our society's welfare.
2b) Vaccines are essential to modern society.

My opponent's claim is that vaccines cause autism. However, this has no scientific basis whatsoever. According to the CDC (footnote 1), National Geographic (2), and the Mayo Clinic (3), there is no causal link between vaccines and autism.

My opponent brings up the 1999 study by Andrew Wakefield claiming to prove that vaccines cause autism. However, his results have been overturned by multitudes of other tests, including a study funded by an anti-vaccination group(4). Furthermore, Wakefield and his study have been discredited extensively(5).

Based on all reasonable scientific studies of vaccines, there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism, and in fact, there is much proof against this.

*1- https://www.cdc.gov...
*2- https://news.nationalgeographic.com...
*3- https://www.mayoclinic.org...
*4- http://www.newsweek.com...
*5- http://sciencebasedmedicine.org...
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